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Maryland Farm Bureau Announces Scholarship Winners

Maryland Farm Bureau Announces Scholarship Winners
Recipients focus on future careers in the ag community

DAVIDSONVILLE, MD. (May 26, 2022) — Maryland Farm Bureau is proud to announce some future leaders in agriculture representing farming backgrounds, by way of its scholarship recipients of 2022. Three scholarships were awarded to Maryland students pursuing academic degrees in food, agriculture and/or natural resources disciplines, and two scholarships were awarded to students pursuing degrees in other academic disciplines or minoring in food, agriculture, and/or natural resources.

The five scholarships, each valued at $2,000, were awarded to Rosalie McGuirk of Bel Air, Mackenzie Ridenour of Hagerstown, Marissa Roberts of Taneytown, Courtney Schrader of Earleville, and Lynne Thomas of Fallston. Recipients or their parents/guardians are members of Maryland Farm Bureau. Selection was made by a scholarship committee designated by Maryland Farm Bureau.

Applicants were required to write an essay answering the following question: Studies show more farmers and farm families are experiencing stress and mental health issues. What can farmers, ranchers and Farm Bureau do to proactively promote good mental health in both themselves and their communities?

“Maryland Farm Bureau is excited to support up-and-coming contributors to agricultural communities,” said Wayne Stafford, Maryland Farm Bureau president. “We know these student members, or children of Farm Bureau members, have the background and motivation to contribute to the farming economy and we can’t wait to see what they accomplish.”

The scholarship awardees are:

  • Rosalie McGuirk of Harford County Farm Bureau is a high school senior at John Carroll High School in Bel Air, Maryland. She will be a college freshman in the fall, with plans to major in Animal Science.
  • Mackenzie Ridenour of Washington County Farm Bureau is a freshman at Delaware Valley University in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She is majoring in Pre-Veterinary Medicine.
  • Marissa Roberts of Carroll County Farm Bureau is a senior at Mount Saint Mary’s University in Emmitsburg, Maryland. She is majoring in Sports Management.
  • Courtney Schrader of Cecil County Farm Bureau is a senior at Salisbury University in Salisbury, Maryland. She is majoring in Business Management and Communications.
  • Lynne Thomas of Baltimore County Farm Bureau is a senior at West Virginia University in Morgantown, West Virginia. She is majoring in Agricultural and Extension Education.

For more information about the scholarship program at Maryland Farm Bureau and within Maryland’s county Farm Bureaus, please visit www.mdfarmbureau.com/scholarships.

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MARYLAND FARM BUREAU®, INC. is a 501(c)(5) federation that serves as the united voice of Maryland farm families. Our organizational strength comes from the active participation of over 10,000 individual and family members who belong to the state’s 23 local county Farm Bureau organizations. Since 1915, Maryland Farm Bureau has been committed to protecting and growing agriculture and preserving rural life. Maryland Farm Bureau is a proud member of the American Farm Bureau® Federation. www.mdfarmbureau.com

MEDIA CONTACT:
Amber Pearson | Maryland Farm Bureau, Inc. (TSN Communications)
573.268.6853 | amber@tsncommunications.com

Scholarships Available for Maryland Farm Bureau Families

scholarships available for maryland farm bureau families
Agricultural and other students eligible for five $2,000 scholarships

DAVIDSONVILLE, MD. (January 25, 2022) — Maryland Farm Bureau (MDFB) is giving back to its members and students of the community by offering five $2,000 scholarships for the 2022-2023 academic year. Applicants must be high-school seniors starting college in the fall of 2022 or full-time college students at any accredited community college or four-year institution. Applicants, or their parents/guardians, must be members of Maryland Farm Bureau.

Three of the scholarships will be awarded to students pursuing academic disciplines in food, agriculture, and/or natural resources. The remaining two scholarships are open to students in any academic discipline.

Scholarship recipients will be selected by a designated committee of the Maryland Farm Bureau. Students must apply online via the official application website. The application includes the following essay question to be answered by each applicant:

Studies show more farmers and farm families are experiencing stress and mental health issues. What can farmers, ranchers, and Farm Bureau do to proactively promote good mental health in both themselves and their communities?

Online applications must be submitted by March 25 at 5:00 p.m. For more information or to apply, visit the official application website at bit.ly/MDFBscholarship..

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MARYLAND FARM BUREAU®, INC. is a 501(c)(5) federation that services as the united voice of Maryland farm families. Our organizational strength comes from the active participation of over 10,000 individual and family members who belong to the state’s 23 local county Farm Bureau organizations. Since 1915, Maryland Farm Bureau has been committed to protecting and growing agriculture and preserving rural life. Maryland Farm Bureau® is a proud member of the American Farm Bureau Federation. Learn more at MDFarmBureau.com.  

Media Contact:
Amber Pearson | Maryland Farm Bureau, Inc. (TSN Communications)
573.268.6853 | amber@tsncommunications.com

Meet MDFB’s First Ag Ambassadors

Meet MDFB'S FIRST AG AMBASSADORS
Xavier Cox and Jaclyn Bryant

By Amber Pearson 

The Ag Ambassador program is MDFB’s updated scholarship program supporting both one male and one female student. The two ambassadors will represent Maryland Farm Bureau throughout 2022 at events encouraging involvement in and honoring agriculture in the state. Xavier Cox and Jaclyn Bryant were selected as the two first-ever Ag Ambassadors at the 2021 Maryland Farm Bureau Annual Convention and Meeting of Delegates.

Xavier Cox
Xavier, from Baden, Maryland, earned this honor through his interest in studying agriculture in high school and carrying on those studies in college at the University of Maryland Eastern Shore (UMES). He hopes to pursue a future career as a pilot to engage with those who do not have a connection to food and agriculture to spur conversations about the importance of everyday  necessities, such as transportation and food. As a pilot, he understands that everyone needs agriculture. “Before flight, horses, a product of agriculture, kept the world running and provided us with transportation,” he said, “and now air travel can even transport food.”

Xavier became fascinated by agriculture on his first flight when he was six years old. “My dad is in the military, so I got to take a military flight. When I saw the horizon and the fields, I have had a love for agriculture ever since,” Xavier said. “I also discovered careers in agriculture my freshman year in high school. That year, I enrolled in a four-year environmental science program which connected me to FFA (formerly known as Future Farmers of America), where I went on to become an officer,” he continues.

“Being in FFA opened so many interests and opportunities in agriculture that I never knew existed. I discovered Maryland Farm Bureau at an event in Baden. I agreed with everything Farm Bureau was doing in the local community, and I could see myself doing those same things. Even though I am an Aviation major, I am still involved in agriculture on campus, volunteering to feed the young kids (goats) and lambs. I help out on the farm when extra help is needed and also help local neighbors on their farms,” he said. Xavier produced and sold flowers, vegetables and hay with his FFA chapter, and baby chicks for his individual capstone project.

So far in the role, Xavier has talked with his UMES ag program on how to outreach to elementary schools to bring in animals and introduce students to food production. He wants to show that agriculture is not just for farmers, but is an important part of life for everyone. He has various school trips planned in his goal to outreach. “My ultimate goal is to go to every county and show that you don’t have to work in ag to enjoy and appreciate ag. You may have a different career, but you can keep ag in your life,” he said.

Xavier plans to support agriculture even as a pilot through Farm Bureau involvement and engagement. Likewise, his father is a non-farmer member of Farm Bureau. “All the speculations about how food is raised now — with many negative myths — I can engage with other non-farmers in my everyday life,” said Xavier.

Xavier enjoys working in his greenhouse to plant squash and cucumbers, working on project cars to sell or keep, and flying planes.

Jaclyn Bryant
Jaclyn Bryant is from Ijamsville, Maryland, and attends Frederick Community College, as she prepares to transfer to a veterinary medicine college. She has been involved in agriculture and in Maryland Farm Bureau in many ways, from the Young Farmers program, to the state fair, to participating in the Women’s Leadership Committee, and more.

Her family’s farming background includes living and working on a third-generation equine boarding facility where they also breed, raise, show, and sell diversified livestock. Jaclyn will be working with all types of animal owners in vet medicine, where she can discuss with all of her patients’ humans on the positive treatment of animals in agriculture.

“As one of Maryland’s Ag Ambassadors, I want to advocate for ag to the rest of the world,” said Jaclyn. “This role gives me a voice, which I will use to show others how farmers strive for quality, especially with the care of animals. This is also why I want to be a vet, combined with pride for my family’s history and livelihood. I look forward to making a difference in lives by caring for the beloved animals of others, as well.”

Soon after receiving Ag Ambassador, she attended the Maryland Taste of Agriculture and the American Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers Leadership Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, with local events and representation on Capitol Hill upcoming.

Some of Jaclyn’s activities, accomplishments, and honors include community service projects, livestock judging and showing (nine different species), skillathon teams, expos, royalty, demonstrations, chapter meetings, serving as chapter officers, committees, assisting with shows and competitions, and coaching teams. In high school, she became a state FFA officer and competed in National FFA Organization competitions. She is also involved in Honors Society and STEM Club.

Jaclyn plans to pursue a Masters of Public Health with her DVM with hopes of becoming a mixed practice animal veterinarian. “In addition to my professional goals, I hope to be able to continue to work with youth and grassroots agricultural organizations to enhance learning and opportunity for younger agriculturalists and continue learning in these organizations for my own personal growth,” she said.

Jaclyn also spends her time playing upright bass for the Frederick Symphony Orchestra.

The Ag Ambassador program replaced the former Miss Maryland Agriculture scholarship program.

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